Man City Limerick friendly as Mancini takes Champions to Ireland

Manchester City travel to Ireland to take on Limerick today, as Irish firm Paddy Power report exclusive free bets and plenty of support at long odds from patriotic punters, in a match where the Citizens are likely to put out a weaker side than usual as their opponents are in second tier of Irish football.

City have been inconsistent in pre-season so far and the highlight would have been a 2-0 win over Arsenal, something that they will be hoping is a sign on things to come in the Premier League campaign.

They are of course looking to dominate English football for the next few years and building confidence could be key to doing that.

This will be Roberto Mancini’s side’s last encounter before taking Chelsea on in the Community Shield at Wembley.

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He may have that on his mind and what to keep his key players fit. This could be the chance for players on the brink of the squad to show the Italian what they are capable of.

City certainly have a strong enough squad to put out a team that should win this match. However, we may not see the likes of Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero.

That said though, Mancini could look to use this to decide what this best eleven is and who he wants to play against Chelsea. The good thing for him is that in friendly matches he is able to chop and change as and when he likes.

As for Limerick, it will be a massive day for them as they have the opportunity to go up against one of the biggest clubs in European football.

They will be confident of causing an upset as well, especially as they currently sit on top of their league and are half way through the season so should be in peak fitness.

In truth though, no matter what side Manchester City put out they should have enough to win this comfortably.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.